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Re: Dorodango Dodge Dakota

Postby radare » Thu Jul 08, 2021 12:42 pm

The Dodge has been wearing out the road between my house and the local big-box hardware store. I decided last night, to give it some much needed attention. I spent a few hours cleaning up all the rust spots with phosphoric acid and coating them with touch-up paint. I have that paint in a spray can so I spray it into a baby food jar and then let it thicken up a bit and apply it using an artists brush. Works pretty well. For the larger area's, I brush on a layer of 5-min epoxy to offer some additional protection and help hide it. It's the closest to a 2k paint I have access to right now.

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I have a real desire to tackle the driver-side rear cab corner in the next couple of weekends. It was torn clean through when i bought the truck and really rusty on the inside. I pushed out the dent using my Porta Power back when I did the other corner but I found that it was too rusty to properly repair. The metal was just too thin and backside access poor.

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Its gotten worse over the last couple of years. More rusty. I have Gorilla tape over it right now to try and keep water out.

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I have a pattern corner and a new Hobart I really want to try out. Problem is, I need to remove that box. By myself. Any suggestions on how to do that?
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Re: Dorodango Dodge Dakota

Postby N law » Thu Jul 08, 2021 3:42 pm

I’ve seen guys build a 2x4 contraption on the top of the box that they strap it to and then use a cherry picker to lift. You could also build some tallish saw horses that span the width of the bed and use ratchet straps to lift enough to clear the wheel wells. There is a way!
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Re: Dorodango Dodge Dakota

Postby Enemigo » Thu Jul 08, 2021 5:30 pm

radare wrote:
I have a pattern corner and a new Hobart I really want to try out. Problem is, I need to remove that box. By myself. Any suggestions on how to do that?


Well, do you have a bunch of 2"x2" x.120 wall tube and about eight high lift jacks?

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